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Fifteen studentships offered at the University of Nottingham, University College London and Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre

15 fully funded 4-year PhD studentships in the EPSRC-SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies

Why study with us?

  • Fully funded PhD studentships at leading UK and Republic of Ireland universities
  • Extensive number of PhD projects in a wide range of research disciplines
  • Joining a network of alumni in industry and academia
  • Open innovation environment between academia and leading pharmaceutical and healthcare industry partners

What do we offer?

The Centre provides doctoral level training in a unique multidisciplinary environment at the interfaces between chemical, engineering, computational, pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. A comprehensive scientific and soft-skills training curriculum also involves our UK-based students undertaking a 12-week training project at both academic and industry sites before commencing their PhD research and our Ireland-based students undertaking an industry placement.

The CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a number of industry partners. The Centre provides world-leading training to prepare strategic-thinking scientists for high achieving careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

In addition, students participate in innovation and entrepreneurship activities, conference and colloquia events, team working and problem solving, and outreach activities, all with very close industry involvement.

Entry and funding requirements

Candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper-second class degree, or international equivalent, in pharmacy, chemistry, engineering, physics, biology, mathematics or related sciences, or a relevant master’s qualification.

EPSRC Studentships

EPSRC awards are given to students at UoN and UCL. Awards for UK residents cover UK tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, which is £15,285 for 2021/22.

International (including EU) applicants are eligible for UK tuition fees via the EPSRC award; however international fees are substantially higher.

For international/EU students at the University of Nottingham, fee scholarships are available to cover the difference between UK fees and International fees; this means that international/EU students studying at the University of Nottingham will receive full funding (UKRI stipend plus full fees).

International/EU students studying at UCL will have access to the full UKRI stipend and funding for the UK tuition fee rate. For exceptional candidates UCL may cover the remaining tuition fee, but if not this will need to be covered by the student themselves. Please note that the current international fee for UCL is £26,940 per year.

We are able to recruit a limited number of international students to the programme in line with EPSRC guidance (maximum 30% of intake). Due to this cap, we are unable to guarantee places to any/all international applicants.

If you are unsure whether you have UK or International student status, the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) can provide information on tuition fees to help you assess your fee status. The EPSRC also provides guidance on studentship eligibility here.

SSPC Studentships

SSPC is the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals. Studentships are based in Ireland and are open to UK, EU and non-EU students. Funding will cover EU fees only and a stipend in one of the following universities: Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork or University College Dublin.

How to apply

For more information, please contact:

Dr Claudia Matz ( University of Nottingham (UK)
Ms Sarah Marks ( University College London (UK)
Ms Catherine O’Brien ( SSPC – The SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals (Ireland)

Application deadline

All spaces have now been filled and we are no longer recruiting for 2021/22. Applications for 2022/23 will open in November/December 2021.